This site is dedicated to all those families of the people that have tragically disappeared on flights in and around New Zealand. I only hope that from all the effort in building this site and from all the effort of those taking part in this venture, that it will bear fruit in bringing ‘closure’ to their memories!
Four Royal New Zealand Air Force Corsairs from No.16 Squadron departed Ardmore
at 8.45 am, for Christchurch.
When nearing Stephens Island, they decided to change course and include a fly over
of Westport where they arrived at 10.40 am.
After circling for five minutes they then set off on a course direct to Christchurch,
flying in formation.
While flying in cloud, about ten minutes later, one of the aircraft’s motor started
running rough and they decided to return to Westport.
In the process of turning in the cloud, Corsair NZ5517 slipped out of sight and was
never seen again.